What's Going On? Where are the posts!?

Hey people! For those of you wondering where on Earth I've been, it's simple. I'm where you should be, on my kickstarter page funding book II of Air-Heart! Come on over and check it out. I'll be posting there all the way up to the new year, once a week just like always!


Kickstarter Week #2: The Artist in The Hat

Hello once again!
This week marks #2 for the kickstarter project! We had our very first contributions this past week, a special thanks to Joey and Michael for their support. We're now 5% funded, but as you might imagine, that's a long ways off from where we need to be. So, everyone should keep visiting the site, and pledging when they can. Remember that it's all-or-nothing funding, so if we don't make it, we're back to nothing!

The hat, in all of it's glory.
So, for those of you who have gone over to the kickstarter page, you may have noticed that the $500 reward tier offers a custom embroidered logo hat. Well, to ensure that the product was as mega awesome as it should be, I ordered one in advance. I'm proud to say that I'm very pleased with the final product and I've been wearing it every day since.

As you probably know, a huge piece of this whole thing is promotion. What better way to promote your idea than to have a hat, emblazoned with your logo, for people to ask you about when you see them. Well, that's the idea anyways.
I'm very happy with the quality of the hat, and I'm pleased to offer it to all of you who can afford the super high tier. For those of you who can,t not to worry, you can order the hat here on my blog by heading over to the store tab and following the link.

Production of the book is still underway, I'm currently shading pages and getting ever closer to starting the second chapter of the book. I'm extremely excited to get back into the drawing portion of the process.
That's all for now folks, be sure to check us out on facebook and twitter as well as the kickstarter page!!!


Kickstarter - Week #1

Yours for a donation of only $10!
Hey peoples!
So, the first project update has been made on the kickstarter page, so you better check it out! The update features images of the embroidered logo hat, and the promo poster. So, exclusively here on the blog; I'll be showing you some in progress images of the trading card, featured as one of the donor gifts when you choose to support the project.

The trading card features some background info on our favorite heroine, and a cool image of her striking a ready pose as she embraces adventure. She's not shaded yet as you can see, but that will be tomorrow's fun. I really had a fun time putting this together, I'm thinking I might do one for Joey and maybe Cap in the future...

Getting back to the point, the first week of the kickstarter project has passed. Unfortunately this week didn't see the progress I had hoped for, but there's still 53 days left according to the clock! That still leaves plenty of time for you to show your support. But hurry! Nobody wants to be a rotten egg.

That's the deal-e-o for this week, next week on the kickstarter blog, I'll be posting a preview from Mirror's Edge! In the meantime, be sure to check us out on facebook and twitter, and stay tuned to the blog for more exclusive content!

Air-Heart: The Kickstarter Project!

Hey people! It's official, Air-Heart: Mirror's Edge has now launched on kickstarter.com. You can now donate to the project by following the link right here and pledging any amount you wish. The project is all-or-nothing funding, meaning that the entire monetary goal must be reached in order for any of it to be received. No donation is too small, and your support is greatly appreciated. For your support we're offering a bunch of totally awesome rewards. Check out the video, and pledge!

The donation period will run for 60 days total, ending on Friday, December 30th. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have about the project, kickstarter, the rewards, or anything else related to the project by e-mailing us at: airheartcomic@gmail.com

Kickstarter / Video Production

Holy directing stuff Batman!
So, for those of you who are unaware, I've been working on my promotional video for my project on kickstarter.com. Kickstarter is a place where creative types can promote various projects and seek donations and support from a very cool community of people. They strongly recommend that you produce a promo video, so... I've been working hard on putting it together.

It's been a trying process to say the least, I've had some very limited experience making videos so there was a little bit of a learning curve. That said, I wound up with what I'm hoping will be my final product. I'm just awaiting an initial reaction from a few folks to make sure it hits the way I want it to.

In other news - I'm still shading the 1st story to completion. I've had to let it take a back seat due to the video production. I'm hoping to launch the video and my Kickstarter project by November 1st, and then I'll be able to concentrate more fully on the comic itself.

Also, Air-Heart is now on both facebook and twitter so be sure you "like" to "follow" us! That's it for the moment, I'll be posting a link to my kickstarter project page as well as the promo video as soon as they're ready to rock n' roll!


Almost There...

First of all, let me thank you for being patient with my move. We're finally closing in on getting the place organized! One of the last things remaining is one of the most important - getting my new desk! We went to IKEA and picked out an awesome one, and they were all out! Grr. But not to worry, they're supposed to have some more coming in tomorrow, so barring any other hiccups, I should be up and running by the end of this week! Then I can finally start making some progress once again. Here's looking to the next post being an awesome one!

Fall III: Inks

So here it is, the finished inking of Fall III. I still don't have my work space set up here in the new apartment, so I decided I'd improvise and take a picture of the drawing, since my printer isn't hooked up at the moment.

With each of the fall pieces, I try to do a few things that I don't do in my Air-Heart work. Most notably, I like to take the time to play around with textures and flowing line weight a bit more. I think it helps to give these illustrations a look of their own.

Unlike the previous fall pieces, in this one, I've decided to take "the girl" out of her usual urban setting, and put her in a more wide open landscape. When I first did the sketch, I thought of her as maybe being on a vacation somewhere a bit more serene than her usual base of operations. Perhaps she's on a fall foliage getaway...



Hey there! So, as I mentioned briefly in my last post, I was in the process of moving. My lady and I have finally got our own place. That said, I haven't had a whole lot of spare time to sit down and get to work. In fact, I still don't even have a desk set up for myself! How insane is that?! Regardless, here I am making a post at long last. Since I last wrote, I have begun working on my fall piece for the year (fall III for those of you keeping track) I'm hoping to spend a bit more time on it this week as I have a rare long weekend. I'm also going to be getting back to Air-Heart and hitting it hard. The good thing about being forced to take so much time off is that it gets me excited to get back to it! Ok, enough nonsense, I'll catch you this Friday with a brand new post!
So, just a quick post this morning to let you all know that I'll be posting this Friday like the good old days. I have a bunch of things saved up to put here on the blog, so look out! Also, Dragon Con is coming up this weekend! So be expecting a special Dragon Con post complete with photos.

To give you a small update, I haven't been making the best progress on the shading as I've been preparing for a move! I'm not moving very far, but to a new apartment. So I've been very busy making all of the necessary preparations. Not to make excuses, however, I'm taking some steps to ensure that I continue to do my work. I've started a notebook where I'm going to log the time that I work on my pages so that I can keep an eye on how much, or how little, time I'm putting in. My hope is that that will keep me on top of my game. That's all for now, catch you on Friday!

Fathoms - Preview

Pages 1-3 of Fathoms, Amelia's next big adventure. (Click for larger view)
Here it is! Come one, come all to the official Fathoms preview. I'm just one week into the shading process and making good progress. These set of pages mark a new step in my shading "language", that is, I've already established how to shade night scenes in my gray-shading style, but the underwater scenes are a new step. There's a pretty simple process involved, but it's still a new challenge for me.

I'm really happy with the way that the storm looks, the lightning really pops and the clouds look dark and ominous. Also, the shading on the surface of the water was a new one for me as well, but I'm pretty happy with the end result.

It's good to finally be shading once again, as this chapter has taken the longest of any since I began working on Air-Heart. That's mostly due to external factors, but a few internal ones as well. It's pretty easy to get lazy when you're feeling tired, and I've really had to push myself to get the inks done on this one. I'm very excited to finish the shading, however, because I'm looking forward to getting started on the next chapter.

Speaking of the next chapter, I have the whole story planned out and most of the early concept work out of the way as well. I'll be sharing that with you fairly soon. I'm very excited about the direction of the next story. I'm still not quite sure how long it will be though as I haven't started to do the thumbnails yet. If it comes out anything like I'm imagining, then it might wind up being closer to 35 pages instead of my usual 25 or so.

Well, that's all for now. Tune in next week for another post. I'm going to get back to posting once a week again on Fridays, so look forward to a second post this Friday. I'm not telling you what I'm posting, so you'll just have to come on over and check it out. Until then people!

Cover Me!

So here it is!
Finally at long last, the cover to the first chapter of the second book. While I'm at at it I'll also mention that I totally finished inking the last page as well. So now it's down to shades and lettering. With any luck I'll be able to pump out the finished story soon so that I can move on to the next one.

As predicted it took me a while to nail down the final cover idea, but I'm pretty happy with the result. I also found out quickly that the monster wasn't going to work in my darker shaded color, as it killed all of the detail of his cool exoskeletal form.

Well, that's pretty much the scoop for right now. As I get the pages shaded and lettered, I'll put together the traditional preview I've been doing for a while now. Stay tuned!
Hey people!
Sorry it's been a while since I last posted. I've been super busy with concerts at work. To touch base - I'm still working on that last page. There are a lot of backgrounds and it's taking me a bit longer than I thought. I have a day off coming soon, so that's when I aim to have it finished and then nail that pesky cover.

If I've learned anything while blogging, it's that you never know what's going to get in the way when you're try to do your work. That said, my goal is to have the last page finished, and a good head start on the cover out of the way by Tuesday. Either way I do have some fresh images to put up on the site the next time I post, so you can at least look forward to some new artwork next time around. That's it for now, stay tuned!


Closing In...with new ink!

So, I did it. I finally broke down and got some new ink for my printer! Talk about waiting too long... The good news is it was cheaper than I thought, and now I'm back to action on the last 1.5 pages of the first chapter.

I have some extra time ahead of me this evening, so if all goes well I may be able to finish the inking this week. After that, I'll pump out the cover and get down to the next step; shading, and lettering. There's always plenty of fun to be had there. The lettering is a real joy because I make it up on the spot, spur of the moment. Sure I have a pretty good idea of what the characters are going to say throughout the story, but by not setting it in stone, I allow myself the room to let the story develop naturally. It's made for some very happy accidents - things that I hadn't intended to be funny or cool take on a whole new life. It's really fun stuff. When I get the cover all finished up, I'll be sure to post it up!


Movie Review: Captain America

Hey everyone! So, it's been a little while since I posted, but today I'm back with the Captain America movie review. To try something a little different, we're going to do the good, the bad, and the ugly, to kind of streamline the review process. Check it out:

The Good - The whole movie was very well cast, including the wonderfuly re-created 1940's feel. The locations and setting were memorable and unique. Chris Evans was fantastic as Cap, and there was a true sense of his overwhelming urge to defend his country. His motives were well represented, from getting beaten up on the streets (the bully aspect) and his respect for the American way (the patiotic), it was clear from the beginning why this was the right guy to become Captain America. The character interaction and the light romance drove the story forward in a very cool, and somewhat old-school kind of way. If the movie has anything, it's got a lot of heart, and that's a very cool thing.

The Bad - While the story wraps itself up neatly, there are a few things that the audience still yearns for by the end. What, exactly you say? Sorry, no spoilers here. I'll just say that while I thought the ending was a great way to finish the film, there were a few opportunities that could have been taken a bit farther.

The Ugly - A major issue I had was a really simple and stupid one - Before Steven Rogers (Cap) is about to be transformed into the hero we all know and love, nobody takes the time to give us any idea what he'll be capable of in his new form. All it would have taken to remedy this is one brief line from the good doctor such as " When you awake, you'll be stronger, faster, and braver than you ever dreamed." Halfway into the movie I was still waiting for someone to give us a clue as to what his powers were precisely, and what limits (if any) he had. That wouldn't be such a bad thing if the character himself had any idea. Who cares if the audience gets the exposition, the guy going into the chamber doesn't even bother to ask: "What will I be able to do"? I don't think so. Also ugly, The Red Skull. In a good way - fantastic look and very well cast in Hugo Weaving.

Bottom Line - Captain America is very cool movie with a lot of heart, and plenty of fun and action to be had. The movie goes beyond the usual actions-fest by investing in it's characters emotions and peeling away at them. Cap's last line in the film really sums up what the movie has going for it. Am I going to tell you? No I am not. Go see it, and dig.

SCORE - 4/5 Stars and Stripes


Let's Try That Again...

Ok, so HERE is that picture I was talking about. This is an early concept sketch of the Air Spirit Avia. I think she still needs a little bit of work, but it's a step in the right direction. I want her to look like some sort of winged elf person. That just seems to be a cool look for her.

In other news, I only have two pages left to go. But, as luck would have it, I don't have any ink left in my printer! Arggh! So, I'll be holding off on finishing those until I come back from a weekend trip. In the meantime though, I'm thinking I might get a head start on the thumbnails for the next story. It's a whopper of a story, and I'm excited to see what happens when I start getting into it. We'll see what happens!

Hello all! So, as I mentioned previously, I had three concerts back-to-back-to-back this past week. It made for some very sporadic posting to say the least . But that's all over now, and I'm back once again.

Today's image is for an idea I've been pondering for quite a while. One of the most common questions people ask about Avion (the world Air-Heart lives in) is; How did the skylands form? I've always had a fairly decent explanation to throw at them that involves some great cataclysm that occurred centuries before Amelia's time. But lately I've been thinking it might be cool to flesh out the story and perhaps insert it into the second book as an extra, a bonus story, detailing the myth behind the formation of the skylands. I've come to the conclusion that it was due to a fight between the three spirits - Earth, Water, and Sky that the world was changed forever. The drawing you see here is a concept sketch of the Sky Spirit, Avia for whom the planet was named after. I won't spoil the details of the story I have in mind, but I'm looking forward to playing around with it a bit and trying to figure out exactly how to tell it, and fit it in the book. I have several ideas already, but until I get down to writing it, you never know what's going to happen!


Out With the New, In With Old. (Wait, what?)

Two posts so quickly! Your heads must be spinning. I know it's hard to believe, but yes, I have another post for you all. This time it's a sneak peak at a sketch regarding the second chapter of the book. As I near completion of the first chapter, it's time to begin sketching out some of the ideas for the next story. Without revealing too much, I'll let you in on the fact that this is a much older version of Watt. If you haven't read the first book already (Seriously? Where have you been?) I've included a reference image for what he looks like all young and vicious. Let me know what you think about the visual differences; Can you tell it's the same character?

For those of you not in on the story so far - Watt is an extremely powerful villain that Amelia has met once before in the first book; Taking Flight. He is set to make his second appearance in the second chapter of the second book (Man, that's a lot of seconds!). I haven't quite nailed down a title for that one yet, but I'll be sure to tell you when I do.

As I finish up chapter one I'll be posting all sorts of goodies, finished panels, and so on. Also, be sure to look out for more sketches of the next chapter!


Makin' Time

So, as predicted, it's been a bit of a struggle to get pages done this month. Even so, I'm still making headway. With any luck, I should be into the shading process for the first chapter by the end of the month. Then I have to get started on chapter two! Luckily, I've already decided on a story and at this point I have the whole thing pretty much figured out. There are only a couple of loose ends to tie up for it to come together.

The rest of this week is totally bonkers for me so I'm not sure how much more I'll be able to get done. Of course, you never know and sometimes I get more done than I would expect to. We'll see what happens! Of course I'll try to post again as soon as I can! Until then...


Hey, remember me?

Well hello there! As expected I've been very busy so far this month and I haven't had as much time to focus on Air-Heart as would like. But don't think I haven't made progress, I have! Only a couple more pages to go until the first chapter is completely inked.

As usual, when I towards the end of a chapter, I start to think about creating a cover. As I mentioned in an earlier post, that particular task seems to have gotten a bit harder for me over the years. Whatever the reason, it takes me a few more itterations now before I'm able to zoom in on what the focus should be for the cover. This morning I drew nine thumbnails before arriving at two or three ideas that might be worth persuing further. Only one of them is actually close to being a finished concept. I've attatched the sketches to this post, but I didn't have access to a scaner at the time, hence the cell-phone photo. Sorry for the ugliness but at least you can kind of see how I work on the sketches. More later!


Where's My Post!?

Make more posts, mister!
So, as you've no doubt noticed I didn't post over the weekend or yesterday. How lame. Sorry bout that, but I have continued to make progress. I'm now about to start page 20 which is awesome. That means I only have four to go. Depending on how the rest of the week goes I might not quite manage to finish by the end of the month, I have a lot going on at work, but I'm still going to try. We'll see what happens. Either way I'll be shading for sure next month.

So that's where I stand at the moment. Also, next month I'm working a ton of hours, so posts will be a little scattered to be sure. But don't you fret, I'll be sure to do my best to post as often as I can when there's something worth posting about. As always, feel free to write in or comment.

A Morning Off...

So, last night I was super super tired. The result? I gave myself the morning off. Don't you worry though, I'm still going to work on 'ol page 18 later tonight, I just figured I would sleep in a little bit so I wouldn't be a zombie all day at work. That said, enjoy your Friday, be awesome, and look forward to another post either later tonight or tomorrow  about page and 18 and hopefully 19!

Onward to page 18!

A picture of the work in progress at Skyland Studios.
So as many of you may know, blogger wasn't quite cooperating with me yesterday, which resulted in an imageless post. Today everything seems to be up and running.

So, I didn't get myself up quite as early as I planned but I still came darn close to finishing half a page this morning anyways. That means I'm still on a good pace to finish up these last six pages before the end of the month. I must say I'm also excited to move on to the shading stage, and also on to the next story.

I have a pretty good idea of what's going to happen in the next story but things always seem to take on a life of their own during the thumbnailing stage. That's what I guess I enjoy most about my process is that at any moment things can change. I'm not a huge fan of full scripts;I find them to be a bit stale and rehearsed by the time you get to the final page. I like to let things breathe and happen in the moment. It seems to stimulate the creative flow!

"Fathoms" - 17/24 Pages Complete

So, I had a kinda cool photo I was going to put up with this post, but blogger isn't cooperating. That said, I'm posting anyways imageless though it may be. This morning I got up early as planned and finished page 17. That leaves only seven pages to finish the inking on this first chapter. I've still got a shot at finishing it within the month if I push a bit hard.
On another note altogether, I've decided that when I begin the next chapter, I'm going to take you through my entire process from script to finished pages. That way when I'm discussing my progress, perhaps it'll make a little bit more sense. To give you an overview in the meantime though it goes something like this: script, thumbnails, inks, shades, lettering, cover. Rinse and repeat for each chapter. So right now on this story I'm on that inking stage. So even when I have that finished there's still a good portion of work yet to do with the shading and lettering. Then I have to think of a cover! For some reason that part seems to have gotten harder over the years instead of easier.
Ok, that's enough talk! I'll be back at it when I'v got another update, and hopefully some photos, blogger!

Another Change...

Ok, so I didn't get a chance to work on my pages again before going to sleep, but I did make one more change. I've put back the comment feature. So you can now leave your comments once again. I got rid of it before only because nobody ever seemed to use it much. That said, hopefully you'll feel free to hit the old comment button and say something. Good, Bad, Ugly, doesn't matter to me as long as you let me know your reactions. I can't get any better if you don't tell me what's not working!
I'm setting my alarm for 7am to get up and draw some pages. Wish me luck!

Three Days In A Row!

I'll bet you thought I wasn't going to post today... WRONG! I haven't had a chance to sit down and finish up page 17 yet, but I did add Cap to the Who's Who section on the right hand side of the page. Check him out! I'm not sure if I'll add any more characters right now as most of the others are revolving villains, etc. But you never know! That's all for right now, but maybe if I finish up page 17, I'll report that too. We'll see!

"Fathoms" Page 17

Derik's Air-Heart portfolio in action
Hi again! Day two of the brand new blog and I'm already posting again. But that's the idea, to get myself excited about working on the book again.
This morning I got my lazy ass out of bed early and got right to work, and behold! I have half a page done! It really is that simple. I've come to the conclusion that it's not about how much you get done, just that you try to get something done every day. No matter how big or small. Hopefully I'll have a bit more time later tonight to work on this page some more, but even if I don't today is still in the win column. There are only 24 pages to this current chapter, so I'm not doing too bad actually. In fact, If I can keep up a decent pace I should have the inking on this one wrapped up by the beginning of next month. Oooh! Sounds like a fun challenge for myself. Let's see if I can finish this chapter up by July 1st. That would put me in great shape to finish the next story by the time I take my vacation, which would mean that I still stand a great chance at finishing this book on time by January 1st. Now that would be awesome! Let's see what I can do... More tomorrow.

Blog Enhancements

So, as my first order of business on the new Air-Heart blog, I've added a few new things. I've taken down the old banner and put up a new banner reflecting the change to the site. On the left side of the page I've also started a brand new who's who to get you in on some of the main characters from Avion. I'll be adding to it as I go along. I need to add Cap for sure, and perhaps a few villains as well.
I still need to decide exactly what the contents of the posts will be here on the site. I don't want to give away the details of the upcoming book, but I do want to show off my progress in some sort of way. I'll be thinking about that one for a bit...

A Fresh Start

Ok, so it's time to come at this from a new direction. Up until now my blog has been a useless extension of a portfolio online. It hasn't really served any purpose other than to be a presence on the web.
Last night we watched a movie you may have heard of "Julie & Julia". The film is all about a blog writer and her project to make every single Julia Child recipe from her famous cookbook. Well here's the deal - her blog WAS her project. It wasn't just images and recipes, she used it to guide her through her journey, to help her accomplish her goals and stay on track. My blog? It's just random pictures every week.
To get to the point I think the blog needs a more specific purpose. I've been terrible at working on Air-Heart recently. Yeah I could give you a million and one excuses as to why, but I won't instead I'll say that going forward this will now be an Air-Heart blog. I want to use the blog as a tool to keep me working on my next book and to stay on top of my project. Sure every once in a while I might post another cool image if I make one. But right now I need focus. So bye bye DeQuential art, and hello Air-Heart!

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Avast me maties!
So, the question is: Does Pirates 4 sink or swim? I'd say it manages to stay afloat, but misses catching full wind in it's sails. To be more specific, the film is as are all of the Pirates films in my opinion, a fun ride. On the other hand, I can't say that it manages to tread any new ground or breathe new life into the series. As much as I love Depp's Sparrow, the film never seems to quite hit it's stride. Sure, there are some cool action sequences - most noteably the mermaid scene - but there's something missing. Call it heart, call it the x-factor, whatever it is, it's just not quite there. Depp is in fine form as Jack Sparrow once again, along with Kevin Mcnalley as Gibbs and an always stellar Geoffry Rush as Barbosa. But the new comers fail to impress. Penelope Cruz is ok at best, while Blackbeard (Ian McShance) is cool, but just not quite villain enough to be formidable. The most forgettable in the film are the dull pair of Phillip and Syreena...(notice I didn't bother looking the actors' names up) By the time they mysteriously exited the film, so did my memory of their ever having been in it. Those gripes aside, as I said the film is a fun ride. There are some fun action sequences along with ever-stunning visuals of gorgeous locals none of us are likely to see any time soon. The cinematography is in good form, although I will say certain action scenes seemed to be cut a bit slowly for my tastes. As far as the ending creating room for sequels... It does... I guess. I suppose from a certain perspective there are some loose threads left open, but none of them are pressing enough to leave you wanting for more. In fact, I thought the story tied itself together rather cleanly and could just as easily be let alone for good. I liked it, I didn't love it. I'm sure that in the end the box office results will determine Captain Jack's next heading, I'm just not sure if I'll be aboard that particular ship.

Movie Review: Thor

THOR - I'll admit it was about a week ago that I saw the film, but I think that has helped to give me some perspective on its lasting effect for me. That said, here's the breakdown on my review of Thor.
STORY: The story was pretty solid combining several versions of Thor's mythology according to Marvel. The characters felt authentic, and the meshing of the two worlds (Asgard and Earth) seemed to clash much less than I would have expected. As one might have guessed, however, its a tough task to take something as wildly fantastic as Thor's world, and prevent it from seeming cartoony or ridiculous. Fortunately, I felt it was handled pretty well. While at times characters seem to be far less affected by encountering gods than one might expect, I can't say I much cared. I was pleasantly distracted by the themes of the story, and how they played out on screen.
PRESENTATION: The visuals of Asgard and its counterparts were truly epic. I still can't get over how realistic CG environments are becoming. I truly felt like I was in the spaces they imagined. The costumes were also equally epic. I can't say however that they felt natural outside of Asgard. While the brilliant color palette of Thor's costume worked well against others in his world, when he was on Earth the outfit seemed to stick out like a sore thumb. I'll say that this was certainly a tough challenge for the filmmakers: to create an authentic fan pleasing costume and still have it fit into a realistic modern earthen setting. All qualms aside it plays out very well, but I did sometimes find myself distracted by the crayola reds and blue against the more subtle complex sepia tone of the desert backdrop.
ACTING: I found the acting in Thor to be one of the most pleasant surprises. Chris Hemsworth (who I've never, ever heard of) carries himself with a sly wit and charm befitting of a fallen god. Equally impressive is Tom Hiddleston as Loki. He had all of the whiny angry child angst and lust for revenge one could want from a slighted younger brother god-type guy. I will say that oddly enough performances from the vets like Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) seemed rather subdued. I'm not sure if this was to allow the newcomers to take center stage, or a lack of meaningful scenes. Either way I never found myself cringing about lame one-liners or ridiculous leaps of logic more than once or twice.
OVERAL: 7.5 / 10 - I'm being a bit harsh here, but I think that while Thor has some impressive substance and action, it falls just short of transcending its genre. This wouldn't matter as much had we not already been blessed with the likes of Nolan's The Dark Knight. Unfortunately the bar has been set pretty high. That said, Batman is inherently set it the real world with no godly powers or wild outfits (save one), and Thor comes impressively close to being a great movie, given that it encompasses such fantastical characters and visuals. It could have easily been a cheesefest, and yet was not. I'd say, mission accomplished.

Get Over Here!

Hey peoples!
It's been a little while since I posted I know, but here I am! And with me is my friend from Mortal Kombat, Scorpion! As you may know the latest installment of MK came out about a little over a week ago. I thought it would be fun to do a piece inspired by the game and put it up. I really tried my hardest to make the multiple light sources work. I think I did a pretty decent job.
In Air-Hear news, I haven't made a whole ton of progress. Maybe a page or so since my last post. I've been very busy with work and I still haven't quite found my working pace yet. Either way I'm still chugging. Well that's about all for now, hope you enjoy Scorpion, more to come next week!

Catching Up

So, I'm finally getting to the point in my new job where I've figured out a work schedule for my drawing. It's still coming along a little bit slower than I'd like, but I have to get into the rythym of it. I've still got about twelve pages to go on the current story, but I've given myself until the end of April to finish it. So I've still got plenty of time.
In the spirit of catching up, and making up for the lack of posts, I'm planning a few extra posts next week. I'm not sure what I'll put up, but it'll be something fun. Stop in next week to check it out!

Slow On Art!

Heya folks! First of all, sorry I didn't post last week. I've been pretty busy getting this started at my new job. I haven't really had the drawing bug in a few days because my mind has been elsewhere. Even this image is something I did a while back. I was trying hard to make it look like a random blob, that later turns out to be batman! If I fooled you, cool! I haven't made much progress on Air-Heart this last week, but I'll get back on track in no time. Its just a matter of getting used to my new schedule. Here's hoping that by next week I'm back to getting some pages done!

Dance Fighter

So its time for another post! This week's image is of a friend of mine who had a special request to have a superhero designed around her. She gave me a few reference photos and this is where we wound up! I was inspired by her background in belly dancing, and that was how the costume developed. I think it creates a pretty cool look, and it would look cool in action with all of the flowing parts; the sash, and the loose fitted pant legs.
In Air-Heart news, I'm still hard at work but I've been preoccupied with some other stuff, so its been coming along a little bit slower than I'd like, but it will be done no matter what! That's all for this week, more next time!


Hola peoples!
Another week, another post. This time its Smokey-Joe. I wanted to do something a little different, so I went for a Noir Detective feel. I'm not exactly sure what inspired it, that was just the mood I was in. Joe was made possible by, pencil, ball-point pen, sharpie, a brush pen, and that magical thing they call Photoshop. Joe originally had some finer linework, but as I started in with the brush pen, I ditched it. I just liked the look of the heavier lines so much better. I felt like that was much more appropriate for this particular piece. I also really felt like it needed something a little extra, hence the grainy feel. I think it helps to add a certain mood and character to the piece.
As far as Air-Heart is concerned, I'm coming along slowly but surely on the second book. I've been busy applying to some jobs, so I haven't had quite as much time to concentrate on drawing as I'd like. Either way it'll all get done on schedule, heck I've given myself until the end of March to get this next story done - so there's plenty of time. Well, that's all for now folks, see you next time!

Pedro Rises

Heya peoples!
This week I'm featuring Pedro. Who is he? I have no idea, just a character design I was fooling around with. In the last five years or so I've really gotten interested in westerns, so I've been wanting to do an old west themed character. I originally did this in full color but I didn't like the feel of it so I wound up with the sepia tone version. From there, the torn paper feel just seemed like the next logical step. Anyways I hope you dig my man Pedro. I might use him again in the future.
In Air-Heart news, I've been hard at work on the next story. I've made some good progress and I'm inking pages. The next story will be taking our heroes under the seas where unexpected adventure awaits! It turned out to be a pretty cool story and I really like how the character designs turned out. When I have some more finished work, I'll be sure to post a preview.
That's all for now kiddies! Enjoy your weekend.


Just a quick update today - I've been working on some side projects lately, so I haven't been as steady about my posting schedule. I've been working on a bunch of things including the second Air-Heart book. I'm on the first story and working through the thumbnails. As much as I'd love to tell you about some of my other side projects I can't really go into until I know they're locked in.
In the mean time I thought that Amelia could regale you with her jumping away from an explosion. I thought it would be fun to do something with a nice burst of color. That's it for today, hopefully next week I will have more news!

Air-Heart: Taking Flight NOW ON SALE!!!

Ladies and gentlemen the time has finally come, Air-Heart: Taking Flight is now on sale. The book is 90 pages, and only $9.99! You can order your copy HERE There will also be a permanent link on the right side of the blog. If you've been waiting for a chance to grab a copy, now's the time.
I'm super excited that the first book is finally complete. I can't wait to hear how people enjoy it. If you grab a copy, be sure to share your comments with me. Its been a real journey putting this book together, but the journey has only just begun - The next book is already underway! Order up, and happy reading Pilots!

Happy New Year! (And the first post of 2011!)

Hello Everyone!
Its been a little bit since I've posted, but I was busy putting the finishing touches on the first book! That's right, it's almost done. In fact, all I'm waiting on is to receive my advance copy so I can make sure that everything came out correctly. After that the book will be on sale. Once the book is on sale I'll be posting a permanent link here on the site that will take you directly to the buying page.
In the meantime, I've also gone ahead and finished quite a few of the thumbnails for my next Air-Heart book. I'll be posting my progress on that in the near future. With any luck I should be inking the next story sometime next week.
Well it's a start to another year, and I've got some important new years resolutions that I aim to stick to. Most of them are health and job related. What about you? Any awesome new years resolutions you wanna share? Well that's all for this week folks! Catch you next time.